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Name  Gladys Phipps
Children  Ogden Phipps
Full Name  Gladys Livingston Mills
Born  June 19, 1883Staatsburg, New York
Residence  Roslyn, New York, Palm Beach, Florida
Occupation  Racehorse owner/breeder
Known for  "First Lady of The Turf"
Relatives  Siblings: Beatrice (twin), Ogden L.
Died  October 19, 1970, Roslyn, New York, United States
Spouse  Henry Carnegie Phipps (m. 1907–1953)
Parents  Ogden Mills, Ogden L. Mills
Grandchildren  Ogden Mills Phipps, Cynthia Phipps, Robert Lansing, Henry Ogden Phipps
Similar People  Ogden Mills Phipps, Ogden Phipps, Ogden L Mills, Henry Phipps - Jr, Darius Ogden Mills

Gladys Livingston Mills Phipps (June 19, 1883 - October 19, 1970) was a United States socialite, sportsperson, and a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder who began the Phipps family dynasty in American horse racing. She was known as the "first lady of the turf".


She was born in New York on June 19, 1883 to Ruth Livingston and Ogden Mills. She had a twin sister, Beatrice, Countess Granard; and a brother, Ogden Livingston Mills who served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury.

In 1907 Gladys Mills married Henry Carnegie Phipps (1879-1953), son of the wealthy Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania businessman, Henry Phipps.

This sportswoman was an avid ice skater and an excellent golfer; she won a number of tournaments, including a match play championship at the Newport, Rhode Island gold course in which she beat her male counterparts. She was, however, first and foremost a lover of horses. Her father had owned racing stables in the United States and in France. Her twin, Beatrice, would inherit the French stable and become a leading owner in that country. Gladys Phipps became involved in the sport of Thoroughbred racing in 1926, when she and her brother Ogden L. Mills established the highly successful Wheatley Stable. Her son Ogden (1908-2002) and daughter Barbara (1911-1987) both became involved in Thoroughbred horse racing.

Following her brother's death in 1937, Gladys Mills Phipps inherited their parents' mansion at Staatsburg, New York. In 1938, she gave the house and 192 acres (0.78 km2) to the State of New York.

Gladys Mills Phipps died on October 19, 1970 in Roslyn, New York.


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